Project X by Jim Shepard
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In the wilderness of junior high, Edwin Hanratty is at the bottom of the food chain. His teachers find him a nuisance. His fellow students consider him prey. And although his parents are not oblivious to his troubles, they can't quite bring themselves to fathom the ruthless forces that demoralize him daily.

Sharing in these schoolyard indignities is his only friend, Flake. Branded together as misfits, their fury simmers quietly in the hallways, classrooms, and at home, until an unthinkable idea offers them a spectacular and terrifying release.

From Jim Shepard, one of the most enduring and influential novelists writing today, comes an unflinching look into the heart and soul of adolescence. Tender and horrifying, prescient and moving, Project X will not easily be forgotten.

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About Jim Shepard

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Jim Shepard is the author of six novels and two previous collections of stories. He teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 176 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Shepard’s grasp of the roiling, unstable psychology of adolescence couldn’t be sharper, and he leads us skillfully through his protagonists’ embattled days, until the one when Flake shows Edwin his father’s guns, and begins to hatch the plan that Edwin (a dreamy kid whose random drawings express ...

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This engrossing novel gives the overworked subject of Columbine-style school massacres an unusually subtle and affecting treatment. Shepard (Nosferatu ; <EMPHASIS

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The latest in what's sure to be a long line of novels focused on school shootings, Project X tells the story of two eighth-grade outcasts who think everything pretty much sucks.

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In the same line as the films Bully (Larry Clark, 2001) and Gus Van Sant’s Elephant, Jim Shepard’s novel, Project X, explores why suburban youth are impelled to commit such violent acts.

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Max Winter NYTimes Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "In Project X [Shepard] lays down innocuous sentence after innocuous sentence until you find, to your surprise, your heart lurching.

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